Kev back to winning ways

Ramside Hall’s Kevin Jackson made a return to fine form to win the North East & North West PGA’s Portugal Pro Am.

Kevin posted a four-round total of 11 under-par to finish six shots clear of the field on The Algarve. His closest chasers were Brampton’s Philip Waugh and Sharpley’s Simon Robinson – who both finished on five under-par.

“It’s a great feeling to be back at the top of a leaderboard after a really tough few years,” said Kevin, who has undergone surgery and years of rehabilitation on his left wrist having lost the feeling in his hand six years ago.

“It’s been a long road to be able to hold a club again, let alone get back out and play. I’ve had to work out how I can swing the club and what I need to do to play golf, but it’s proof that anyone can get out and play this game after an injury.

“To be back playing is fantastic and I want to compete more next season.”

In the team event, Rockliffe Hall’s Jon Stacey led the team of Neil Riddell, Richard Roper and Tanny Sinfield to victory with a score of 358 points as Westerhope’s Michael Nesbit led his team of Tony Brown, Dave Lawson and Paul Stevenson to second place on 345 points.

In the Presentation Pro Am at Rockliffe Hall, David Clark and Craig Goodfellow shared the top prize with rounds of 66. Mark Ridley finished in third place a shot further back.